1/25/2013

New EU strategy on alternative fuels: Volvo Trucks at the center of attention



by Volvo Group Representation EU

A Volvo FM MethaneDiesel truck was the only heavy commercial vehicle displayed at the vehicle exhibition set up outside the European Commission headquarters for the launch of the new EU strategy on Alternative Fuels.

On 24 January, the European Commission issued its long-awaited strategy on alternative fuels called the Clean Power for Transport Package including a Communication on an alternative fuels strategy and a legislative proposal for a Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure aiming at developing harmonised standards and setting clear targets for the roll-out of alternative fuels infrastructure, including LNG, CNG and electricity.

During the press-conference, Commissioner Siim Kallas responsible for Transport said: "Developing innovative and alternative fuels is an obvious way to make Europe's economy more resource efficient, to reduce our overdependence on oil and develop a transport industry which is ready to respond to the demands of the 21st century."

In conjunction with the announcement of these new measures, a vehicle exhibition had been set up outside of the European Commission headquarters Berlaymont for interested by-passers, Commission officials and of course the Commissioner himself to visit. Apart from natural gas vehicles from Iveco, Mercedes, Volkswagen and electric vehicles by Renault, BMW and Nissan, the only heavy commercial vehicle present was a Volvo FM MethaneDiesel stealing the show as literally the biggest attraction.

After having visited the vehicle exhibition, Commissioner Kallas started his press-conference intervention by saying that this new package “is a good example showing that transport not only can be a nuisance to the environment but also contribute positively to the improvement of the environment and reaching our targets”. In that context, he went on to thank all the vehicle manufacturers that had helped making the vehicle exhibition “outside of his office” a reality.

The new initiative represents a ground-breaking result for companies in the automotive industry having invested in products using the fuels identified by the Commission as being prioritized for further development.  For the Volvo Group, it will clearly enhance the business case for both Volvo Trucks’ FM MethaneDiesel and Renault Trucks’” Clean Tech” CNG offering. Member States will be obliged to set up LNG refueling infrastructure every 400 km, and for CNG every 150 km along the roads of the Trans European Core Network, leading to an EU-wide coverage by 2020.

Sonia Toro
Research and Communication Officer
+32 2 4825872
e-mail: sonia.toro@volvo.com

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